Sam Raimi To Direct ‘Doctor Strange 2’April 15, 2020
In January, director Scott Derrickson abruptly left the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness production, the sequel to his 2016 MCU entry, over creative differences. A month later, Sam Raimi entered talks to take over directing the sequel. After that, things became very quiet..until now. While speaking with ComingSoon.net, Raimi casually and cheekily confirmed that he’s directing Doctor Strange 2 — all through the lens of a joke made in his other superhero movies.
Back in the 2000s, Raimi made his Spider-Man trilogy. In Spider-Man 2 as J.K. Simmons aka J. Jonah Jameson brainstorms with Ted Raimi‘s Ted Hoffman on what they should call Alfred Molina‘s Doctor Octopus in the Daily Bugle, one name thrown out is “Doctor Strange” — before Jameson quickly asserts it’s already been taken. Raimi explained the relevance of this joke as it pertained to his current gig:
“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters… He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters worldwide May 7, 2021